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Strategies for Developing Information Societies: 
The case of Romania

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Vectorii societatii cunoasterii.

Ce urmeaza dupa Societatea Informationala?

Information society and its challenges to emerging economies

Programele eGovernment si construirea societatii informationale in Romania

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Strategies for Developing Information Societies:
The case of Romania

Corneliu Bjola, IP Fellow



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In both economic and political terms, Romania lags behind most of the CEE developing countries. This situation deteriorates on a constant basis and is largely accounted for by very poor governance practices. Growing political and social alienation threatens even to undermine the existing democratic system, while double-digit emigration trend risks to deplete the country of its most qualified human capital. In short, Romania experiences a very serious structural problem that has minor chances to be addressed positively through the current ad-hoc relief measures. The solution proposed by this study consists in recommending the implementation of a reformist agenda of e-governance based on two pillars: robust development of public sector information and large-scale application of Information and Communication Technologies.

In conceptual terms, this strategy is assumed to produce a gradual shift from the citizen-as-customer to the more participative citizen-as-shareholder model of governance. In concrete terms, the medium-term benefits of this policy are political (enhancing the democratization process, increasing political accountability, and improving the tattered government-citizen relationship), economic (combating corruption, creating a transparent and competitive economic environment, and speeding up standard administrative processes for citizens and business), and social (restoring public trust, rebuilding social capital, and increasing the transparency, quality and efficiency of public services).


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